Getting Convention Guests

Getting Convention Guests

or "How the hell did you get Wil Wheaton to your 200+ person show?" My first time to Gen Con I came across a vendor selling steampunk fashion things – really nice stuff. I wound up getting a few things there, gifts for the wife. I liked them, and hey, my gaming organization was holding a convention in a few months and we were going with a steampunk theme. This guy would be great at our convention! Speaking to him, he was going to be at a show in Las Vegas – not too far away from our convention – the weekend before our show. This looked to be a great match, but I recall the exact moment he decided not to come: I told him about our guests and said we had Wil Wheaton. He replied, “everybody says they've got Wil Wheaton.” However, the only difference between everybody and us is we actually had him. Sometimes I get asked how our...
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Social Media for Game Conventions

Social Media for Game Conventions

Yesterday I came across a twitter post from SnowCon, a weekend gaming convention held in mid-January in Maine. ((Check out http://snowconmaine.com for more info.)) It's months after the convention, but here they were, still working on their twitter feed. That's pretty neat – most conventions with social media accounts only seem to remember to use them right around their event. There's a quick ramp up to remind people that the show still exists, a flurry of posts from the actual event, maybe a post thanking people for coming (and we'll see you next year), then about 45 weeks of silence. This is not effective use of social media. Back when I was running SAGA, the RinCon Gaming Convention was our main event. It was a convention that started at about 225 attendees and grew to around 800 before the organization decided to take a year off and regroup. ((The convention is now growing again, under newer hands. It did a bit...
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